Mink Lashes vs. Faux Mink Lashes vs. Silk Lashes. What's the difference?
Why lash materials matter.
It can be challenging to know the difference between mink, faux mink and silk lashes. Any cosmetic enthusiast needs to understand the differences between lash materials. Certain lash materials can affect the way they fit on your eyelids and the way they look and allow you to be aware of any health and safety concerns you may have if you have certain sensitivities to materials, especially around the areas of your eyes.
As a bonus, understanding how and why certain brands choose their preferred lash material will help you through your shopping journey to make the best choice based on your beauty routine and cosmetic needs. This will guide you through understanding how the lash industry markets its products and be aware of any possible misleading information on packaging. Here’s our guide to false eyelash materials.
The most popular lash materials
The main differences between lash materials are natural and synthetic. Choosing between the different lash materials can be challenging based on your needs and beauty routine. The three most popular lashes within the cosmetic industry are faux mink, mink, and silk lashes. Each has its own pros and cons regarding wearability, comfort, material, style, and durability. Here are some of the main differences between these popular lash materials.
Mink lashes are the lashes that started it all; they’re made of fur from a mink, a small animal in the weasel family. Due to the raw animal fibres, mink lashes have become a controversial option amongst animal-friendly cosmetic enthusiasts. Despite its controversial Mink lashes are high-quality due to their natural fur fibre and comfortable, lightweight band. Depending on the style of lashes, mink lashes are very fine and sit very seamlessly against your natural lashes. However, if you're looking for more styles and drama for your lashes, we recommend faux mink as the better option.
Faux Mink Lashes
Faux mink lashes are the most popular and are considered a premium lash material because they can mimic natural mink lashes. Faux mink lashes are made of plastic, synthetic fibre and known to be durable, long-lasting, and cruelty-free. The synthetic material can vary depending on the brand, but PBT (polybutylene terephthalate) is the most popular. PBT is a synthetic semi-crystalline engineered thermoplastic and is high-quality and hypoallergenic.
PBT is a popular choice amongst cosmetics brands because it offers the opportunity for brands to be creative and design a vast collection of styles due to the flexibility and versatility of the material; brands can play with lash lengths, curls, and densities. One of the many reasons Posh Lash Pro uses PBT in our lash collection. Compared to mink lashes, the finishing of the lashes usually has a sheen, and due to the durable synthetic material, they are a trendy choice amongst cosmetic brands and enthusiasts.
Silk lashes are a newer addition to the cosmetics industry and joined the cosmetics lash lineup to offer a softer and more natural strip lash look compared to faux mink lashes. Silk lashes are sometimes marketed as 100% silk when in fact, they are made of synthetic silk fibre and not raw silk. Depending on the synthetic material, silk lashes are softer, more lightweight, and flexible, providing a more comfortable fit on the eyelid. Due to the synthetic material, silk lashes have a slight sheen to their finishing and are reusable. However, because of the softness of the fibres, they may not hold their shape and curl, making their wearability shorter. Cosmetics enthusiasts may prefer silk to faux mink lashes because of the lighter-weight lash band's more natural look.
Why Faux Mink Lashes are Posh Lash Pro lashes of choice
Our CEO Steph Wong chose faux mink lashes made of PBT for the PLP boutique lash collection because of their environmental friendliness, cruelty-free and safety considerations. Steph considered all of the challenges cosmetic enthusiasts faced when incorporating lashes into their beauty routine and learned that faux mink lashes are the safest option while providing our wearers with a vast collection of lash styles to choose from.
At Posh Lash Pro, one of our brand values is to be transparent with our information while minimizing our environmental impact. We recognize the high environmental footprints the cosmetic industry have left. All of our products are Leaping Bunny Certified, which promises that we do not test on animals or use animal fibres in our lashes. We want to ensure that we take steps to ensure our products are the safest and most environmentally friendly while maintaining a quality standard so you can rest assured that your lashes complement your natural beauty. Shop our collection of faux mink strip lashes and learn more about the great ways faux mink lashes can enhance your makeup look.